You just keep telling yourself that
From David Frum's USA Today column, "Why the GOP lost the youth vote":

If the inexperienced Barack Obama wins — and then discovers that there is more to being president than giving speeches — we could discover that the next generation of young people reacts to the failures of an Obama presidency by rediscovering the enduring Republican principles of limited government, individual rights, strong national defense and pragmatic effective governance.

It might help if the party of "enhanced interrogation" and shocking incompetence rediscovered those principles for itself.
# by Chris @ 10:42 AM
'I've always liked Dumbledore, just not in that way'
Heh. From the shamelessly tabby (let's put "GAY" in ALL CAPS) UK Sun, via Hit and Run:
PROUD Paul Croft got a tattoo of Harry Potter wizard Albus Dumbledore on his back - but is now being teased by pals after he was outed as GAY.

Proud Paul, 36, spent a YEAR having the Hogwarts headmaster etched into his skin as a surprise for his five kids.

But the factory worker has been the butt of jokes ever since Harry Potter author JK Rowling revealed last week that Dumbledore was in love with a fellow male sorcerer.

Paul, of Nottingham, moaned yesterday: "It's been terrible. I've always liked Dumbledore - just not in that way.
# by Chris @ 8:58 AM
Geostationary Banana Over Texas
Go on. You know you want to click.
# by Chris @ 6:40 PM
Some people in Victoria have their priorities straight
From Victoria craigslist Rants and Raves:
RAVE: Your Pile of Leaves
Reply to: pers-459421458@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-10-25, 11:05AM PDT

I would like to rave about your massive pile of leaves, and also apologize for destroying it. I know it's hard to rake those leaves up, and it just looked so beautiful. Now, I haven't dove into a pile of leaves like that in years, since I was probably 12. My parents house doesn't get that many leaves, and living in a basement suite doesn't really help either. However, it was SO enjoyable. Thank you, and sorry if you had to rake it again.
# by Chris @ 11:11 PM
Zombie Voter Specimen 1
From the New York Times story, "The Evangelical Crackup"

“Obama sounds too much like Osama,” said Kayla Nickel of Westlink. “When he says his name, I am like, ‘I am not voting for a Muslim!'"
# by Chris @ 5:54 PM
Bush and clemency, then and now
Let's compare, shall we?

THEN: From Alan Berlow's article, "The Texas Clemency Memos" from the July/August 2003 issue of The Atlantic:
On the morning of May 6, 1997, Governor George W. Bush signed his name to a confidential three-page memorandum from his legal counsel, Alberto R. Gonzales, and placed a bold black check mark next to a single word: DENY. It was the twenty-ninth time a death-row inmate's plea for clemency had been denied in the twenty-eight months since Bush had been sworn in. In this case Bush's signature led, shortly after 6:00 P.M. on the very same day, to the execution of Terry Washington, a mentally retarded thirty-three-year-old man with the communication skills of a seven-year-old.


Gonzales's lack of attention to Washington's mental retardation is particularly surprising because demand was growing nationwide to ban executions of the retarded, and because the most highly publicized case of a retarded defendant, that of Johnny Paul Penry, was even then playing itself out in Texas courts. The miscarriages in the Washington case were also precisely the kind of thing Bush claimed to want to be told about. "I don't believe my role is to replace the verdict of a jury with my own," he wrote in his autobiography, A Charge to Keep (1999), "unless there are new facts or evidence of which a jury was unaware, or evidence that the trial was somehow unfair." Such information had indeed come to light in Washington's case, yet Gonzales's memorandum did not tell Bush about it.

NOW: From Ben Feller at AP, "Bush Commutes Libby prison sentence":

WASHINGTON - President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt in a highly charged criminal case. Bush said the sentence was just too harsh.

Bush's move came just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term. That meant Libby was likely to have to report soon, and it put new pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby's allies to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff.

"I respect the jury's verdict," Bush said in a statement. "But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison."


Yet, [Bush] added, "Others point out that a jury of citizens weighed all the evidence and listened to all the testimony and found Mr. Libby guilty of perjury and obstructing justice. They argue, correctly, that our entire system of justice relies on people telling the truth. And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable."

Bush then stripped away the prison time.

Dubya finally discovers mercy, just in time to spring good ol' Scooter from the clink. Too bad for Terry Washington.
# by Chris @ 4:19 PM
Love pirate, or practice tips from Johnny Cochran
Check last line of this AP story. The defendant's lawyer apparently just saw Pirates of the Carribean:

CHICAGO - Stealing someone's heart can cost you: Just ask German Blinov. A Cook County jury ordered Blinov to shell out $4,802 last week after he was sued by a husband from a Chicago suburb for stealing the affections of the man's wife.

Arthur Friedman used a little-known state law to mount the legal attack against Blinov. The alienation of affection law, one of eight across the country, lets spouses seek damages for the loss of love.

But Natalie Friedman, the woman at the center of it all, claims her husband asked her to have sex with other men and women — including Blinov — to spice up their relationship. She supposedly began having feelings for Blinov, prompting her husband to file the lawsuit.

"This guy ruined my life — he backstabbed me," Arthur Friedman told the Chicago Sun-Times. "What he did was wrong. And I did what I had to do to get my point across."

Blinov doesn't deny having a relationship with Natalie Friedman while she was married, but he was surprised to learn he could be sued for it. His attorney also said Natalie Friedman was unhappy with her marriage before the relationship started.

"German was not a pirate of her affections," attorney Enrico Mirabelli said. "Her affections were already adrift."
# by Chris @ 11:51 AM